Repro Thursday

The latest Serena & Lily catalog arrived yesterday.  Take a look at that cover!  Of course I immediately opened the pages, hoping that by doing so, my surroundings would immediately imitate the cover!

Serena & Lily Summer 2014

I wasn’t transported to a beach, (still surrounded by blanket forts and stray Legos) but I did enjoy the beautiful pages.  As usual, it is full of pops of color and awesome patterns.  They also have a few new products, one of which I thought would be perfect for some summertime entertaining.  And you know I can’t pass up a good bar cart photo!

S&L Cottage Bar Cart


The Cottage Bar Cart is made of bent and woven rattan.  If you’ve visited the Pursuing Vintage Shop lately, you’ve noticed my love of rattan and bentwood.  I love the light feel of the pieces – coastal and earthy with a bit of whimsy.  A rattan piece does not take itself too seriously – it is like a breath of fresh air.  Rattan is extremely versatile, and this cart is no exception.  I think S&L describes it best “Bar cart, magazine perch, mini stage for collected objêts…However (and wherever) you put this double-tiered cart to use, it takes to the task with notable style“.



Do you think you’d have a place for this bar cart?  Or do you prefer the more traditional metal types?




I know I’ve been vocal about preferring authentic vintage pieces to reproductions, but I recognize that sometimes it is just plain easier to get a new piece of furniture.  You don’t have to search for it, there are no condition issues, sometimes you can have it customized, the list could go on depending on what is important to you.  There are a lot of companies doing some really nice reproduction and vintage-inspired pieces.  So, I thought it would be fun to take Thursdays to highlight some of these “finds”.  Please note, these features are not sponsored in any way – they just reflect my opinions!

(Drum roll, please!)

Welcome to

Repro Thursday

(You have to kind of say like a monster truck rally…. SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!…. REPRO THURSDAY!!!)

If you’ve walked by a West Elm lately, you’ve surely noticed their extensive mid century line of furniture, aptly named The Mid-Century Collection.  There are several really great pieces in that collection (you’ll probably see more featured here on future Repro Thursdays).  One piece that I really like, and stops me every time I walk in the store, is the Parker Mid-Century Bar Cart.

West Elm


The wood with the brass accents is what really makes it for me.  I love the ball wheels (and how the wheels are only on the front two feet).  You could dress this baby up or down.  Here are a few other photos:

West Elm


West Elm


This cart is a nice break from all of the metal and brass bar carts we’ve been seeing.  It has a nice Danish feel.  What do you think?

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Every once and awhile this happens.  I find a really great piece to put in the Pursuing Vintage Shop…. and then I can’t part with it.

Faux Bamboo Thomasville Server Cart

Last week I found this Thomasville faux bamboo server.  I’m such a sucker for faux bamboo.  I knew it was a great piece when I saw it.  I brought it home, and decided to photograph it inside.  I put it in the space where I normally have my La Barge brass and glass cart (which I also love).  Once it was there, I couldn’t move it.  It works in that space!  I found another home for the La Barge cart, and ta da!  New furniture!  I got my faux bamboo fix.

The terrific painting is by Kerry Steele.  I normally have it on the wall in my dining room, but wanted to play with having some art on there.  I think I’ll keep this one in my dining room and get a smaller one for the cart.  I really like having some bold color on there.  Kerry, I’ll be shopping your gallery soon!

And look how perfectly the La Barge cart fits in the weird space next to my fireplace!  (I call it a weird space because it has been so difficult to find the right piece to place there.  I believe the problem is solved now!).

La Barge Cart Living Room

So, there ya have it.  I started with every intention to add another piece to the shop… and ended with a great new piece of furniture in my home.  It happens!  It’s a keeper!